Keep Your Home Warm During Winter
Keeping your winter home warm sounds as easy as setting the thermostat and sitting by the fire with your favorite hot beverage. However, with winter storms in full swing, keeping your winter home warm may take a little more effort than walking to your Nest thermostat and turning it up a few degrees. Here are some handy tips for keeping your winter home warm when the temperature outside dips below freezing.
Tips for Staying Warm
In the winter, heat becomes a coveted necessity...and a costly one. Winter curtains allow the heat that your furnace or fireplace worked hard to generate, to stay within the walls of your home. Winter curtains are made with an insulating material and act as a barrier between the cold weather outside that can penetrate your windows, and the comfortable climate inside. If you’ve ever felt the surface of your windows in the winter, it's easy to see that the cold surface of your window can send chills into your home, even if your windows are well insulated. Winter curtains keep the cold where it belongs: outside. The best thing about winter curtains is that they’re not only functional but also fashionable. Not only can they protect your home from uncomfortable drafts, but they look great doing it.
Move Your Furniture
You may think to yourself, “What does moving furniture have to do with keeping my home warm?” In truth, furniture can be a hindrance to how well the heat circulates throughout your home and can be detrimental to keeping it warm. How does this happen? Well, when it’s cold outside, heat is comforting. Naturally, many homeowners place a couch, sofa, loveseat, or other piece of furniture in front of the fireplace to enjoy its warmth. However, furniture like this can absorb the heat, preventing it from circulating throughout the rest of the house. When temperatures plunge below freezing, move your large furniture away from the fireplace and heating vents to free the flow of heat, so that it may properly circulate through your home.
Block the Drafts
Cold drafts, even the slightest ones, can really rob your winter home of heat when outside temperatures drop. There’s nothing worse than walking into an area of your house and having a blast of cold air run across the back of your neck. Insulated windows are great for maintaining your home’s temperature and can be a great investment to keep your energy costs low. However, if new windows are out of the question, making your own draft stopper can be stylish, cost-effective, and actually fun to make!
Maintaining Your Home in the Winter
Temperatures that drop below freezing can really test your winter home’s limits, especially if it's not properly maintained. Proper maintenance before temperatures plunge can only work to make winter easier both for you and your winter home, but also make your home hold up better in the long run. Follow these simple winter home maintenance tips to help your home have a trouble-free winter.
Winter Home Checklist
Here is your winter home checklist to having a safe, trouble-free winter!
Change or clean out your furnace filters
Changing out or cleaning your furnace's filters can help to ensure that your furnace is performing at its designed capabilities. Operating your furnace with clogged or dirty filters can translate to higher heating costs, and lower furnace performance.
In extreme temperatures, leave indoor faucets on exterior walls dripping to prevent freezing
Nothing is worse than needing hot water, turning on the faucet, and finding that your pipes have frozen. On faucets where pipes run along an exterior wall, leave the hot water dripping in extreme temperatures so pipes resist freezing. Maintaining a slow flow of hot water will prevent your pipes from freezing over.
Stock up on firewood
Ensure you have more than enough firewood in an accessible location so that you don’t run out in extreme temperatures. Also keeping your firewood in a dry place is essential to successfully burning your fireplace in extreme temperatures and winter storms.
Check weather stripping
Before winter storms hit and temperatures plunge, check your weather stripping to ensure that leaks will not be a problem when the weather gets ugly.
Clean and store garden tools
Clean and store your garden tools so that winter weather doesn’t deteriorate or damage your gardening equipment and tools.
Remove buildup from roofs
Roofs can be an expensive repair. One way to avoid costly repairs when winter weather stresses your roof is to remove ice buildup, snow, and any other debris that can put additional weight on your roof.
Move snow shovels and blowers to a convenient place
When it's time to go outdoors and your driveway or walkways need to be cleared of snow and ice, the last thing you want to do is make your way across your yard to your shed to grab your shovel or snow blower. Save yourself the hassle and store these items in a convenient place so when it's time to use them, they’re easily accessible.
Do a walkaround
Walk around your home to spot any potential problems. Look for things like blocked gutters, and open crawl space vents. If the vents underneath your crawlspace are open, ensure that they are closed before temperatures plummet.
Clean and cover your grill
Ensure that your grill is clean and covered to prevent ice and corrosion from damaging it.
Remove and store outdoor furniture
Protect your outdoor furniture from the harsh elements by storing them when winter storms hit. This ensures that that last you for years to come.
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